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Drew Price looks to build momentum for senior year

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Drew Price has worked on a changeup to go along with his other three pitches. Price looks to gain momentum going into his senior season at Goddard. (Kezia Pieratt Photo)

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Editors note: This will be the last of a four-part series about the Cameron Stevenson, Ty Jordan, Tyler Hardwick and Drew Price as they begin their quest to win the Connie Mack World Series. We will look at the teams they are on and their summer and their past baseball as well as the future.

4-Corners Club Sox (18U) will have former Goddard pitcher Tyler Hardwick (NMMI) (RHP & OF) and current Rocket pitcher Drew Price (Senior) representing Mountain West /Canada Regional.

Farmington Fuel is the Host Team (31-9) — they will play at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Ricketts Park against an at-large team. Cameron Stevenson (OF, SS) UNM, Ty Jordan – Otero Junior College ( LHP).

Former alliances don’t mean anything when the Connie Mack World Series gets underway at 9 a.m on Friday. Goddard has players in Drew Price and Tyler Hardwick representing 4-Corners Club Sox, their teammate will be Emilio Pardo an infielder from Farmington High School, a team that beat Goddard in the state championship game, 5-3 at Isotopes Park.

 

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Drew Price

At the end of their season-ending meeting, Goddard baseball coach Gilbert Alvarado told his returning pitcher Drew Price to get stronger and to work on driving the baseball this summer. Price is coming off one of his best seasons and the senior looks to be locked in as he has worked on a new pitch and is bound for New Mexico State University to join another ex-Goddard teammate Cal Villareal. One of the reasons Price committed to state is because they are starting to turn the corner making it to the Lubbock Regionals in baseball this season.

“One of the reasons I committed to state,” Price said, “it seems like a good school. I just wanted to go there. I just know it is a good place and a good environment.”

No doubt about it, Price was the teams ace, and he was given the ball at Santa Ana Star Field against Belen. Price threw nothing but smoke as the Rockets defeated Belen 14-3 to advance to the championship game against Farmington.

“In that game, as I have all season long, I wanted to throw strikes,” Price said.

Price has not only worked on his pitching this summer, he has worked on driving the ball at the plate.

Sox coach Mike McGaha reached out to Price to see if he would be interested in joining their team. Price played with them in the Wyoming tournament where they went 7-1.

He also played with the T-Hawks out of NMMI as a pitcher and first base. His team won the state championship for American Legion going 35-8. Price has pitched a lot this summer, working on throwing a changeup to go along with a split-finger, curveball, fastball. Price’s fastball has been clocked in the high 80s and into the low 90s.

Goddard coach is glad that Price has developed another pitch to go along with his other three. Alvarado felt like last year Price became a two-pitch pitcher, and he wanted him to throw his curveball more. With a new pitch, it is going to make it easier for Price to get hitters out. They cannot sit back and wait on his fastball or splitter — if Price has his changeup working, he will be hard to hit.

“It is going to help me a lot being able to throw the changeup,” Price said. “My changeup looks like a fastball but it’s slower. I just wanted to work on my mechanics this summer,” Price stated.

With his senior year ahead of him, Price’s main goal is to win games this season and try to get Goddard back into the championship game for a sixth consecutive year.

“It means a lot to be able to compete in the Connie Mack World Series,” Price noted. “A lot for me and Goddard as well.”

Goddard’s coach Alvarado main goal for Price was to get him healthy this summer. During the season last year, he had an injury to his leg when he pitched, which didn’t allow him to follow through like he should.

Alvarado also wants him to carry the confidence and experience he has gained from this summer and the Connie Mack World Series when he comes back for his senior year.

“He’s going to have confidence and experience,” Alvarado said. “Nothing beats experience in knowing he did well against top-notch competition. He’s a good kid — we hope he keeps running an pitching well.”

This is the end of our four-part series of local baseball players playing in the Connie Mack World Series. RDR Sports wishes Ty Jordan, Cameron Stevenson, Tyler Hardwick and Drew Price the best in the tournament.

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.